Washington: The U.S. military has announced that it is preparing a complete withdrawal of its forces from Syria, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.
The announced came just before President Trump made a ‘final victory’ statement over ISIS.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency”, President Trump said in a tweet.
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Planning is underway for a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a US defense official told CNN Wednesday.
The U.S. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released a statement saying that it will continue to fight ISIS until it’s defeated, contradicting White House and President Trump.
The full statement can be read here.